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Consultation on Conscience 2017 Schedule

Please note that exact scheduling and order of workshops are subject to change. For the most up-to-date scheduling information, download our event app Whova and use the invitation code found in the Consultation on Conscience program book. For more information on all confirmed speakers, click here
Consultation On Conscience 
Sunday, April 30, 2017
  • 11:00am  Registration opens
  • 1:00pm The Urgency of Now: Acting Together to Build the World We Want (Watch LIVE)
    • Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Director, Religious Action Center
  • 2:15pm Plenary: Love Your Neighbor As Yourself: Standing Together in Challenging Times (Watch LIVE)
    • Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Director, Religious Action Center
    • Ari Ne'eman, CEO, MySupport.com
    • Isabel Rose, Activist and Artist
    • Megan Black, National Clergy Organizer, PICO
    • Rabbi Rachel Timoner, Senior Rabbi, Congregation Beth Elohim, Brooklyn, NY
  • 3:30pm Workshops
    • Helping Your Congregation Take Political Action: Developing Procedure and Derech Eretz
    • Bringing a Racial Justice Campaign to Your Congregation: A Training for Beginners (101)
    • Getting it down to a T: Transgender Rights and Protections
    • Going Beyond the Proclamation: Building Serious and Sustainable Relationships with our Elected Officials
    • To Till and To Tend: Our Responsibility to Address Climate Change and Its Impact on the Most Vulnerable Communities
    • For You Were Strangers in the Land of Egypt: Responding to the Global Refugee Crisis
    • Community of Practice Gathering: Moving Justice to the Center (invitation only)
  • 4:45pm Reception for Rabbi Balfour Brickner Rabbinic Fellows and Their Delegations (invitation only)
  • 5:00pm Dinner on Your Own
  • 5:00pm Tzedek Dinner Honoring Rabbi Lynne F. Landsberg (pre-registration required)
  • 5:00pm The Lois and Richard England Rabbinic Student Seminar Dinner (invitation only)
  • 7:00pm Plenary: 
                  Honoring Rabbi Michael Namath's 100th L'Taken Social Justice Seminar
                  Combatting the Blasphemy of Bigotry: Today's Struggle for Civil and Human Rights (Watch LIVE)
    • Vanita GuptaIncoming President and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights & Former Head of the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division
    • Isabel (Liz) P. Dunst, Chair of the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism
  • 8:30pm Delegation Leaders Reception (invitation only)
  • 8:30pm Community of Practice Gathering: Moving Justice to the Center  (invitation only)
  • 9:00pm Creating a Mishkan Tzedek: Clergy Gathering (open to members of the clergy)

Monday, May 1, 2017

  • 7:45am Breakfast Buffet
    • General Seating and Networking Breakfast Options Available
  • 8:45am Morning Worship Experience led by  Rabbi Gayle Pomerantz and Cantor Rosalie Boxt
    • Anat Hoffman, Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center
    • Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President, Union for Reform Judaism
    • Rabbi Joshua Weinberg, President, ARZA
  • 10:00am Plenary: Prayer, Participation and Public Service: Creating Meaningful Change in our Congregations, Communities and States (Watch LIVE)
    • Mayor Darrell Steinberg, Mayor of Sacramento, California
    • Governor Jack Markell, Former Governor of Delaware
    • Jennifer Brodkey Kaufman, Former Chair, Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism
  • 11:15am Workshop
    • Creating a Culture of Dialogue: Fostering Respect and Diversity in Your Congregation
    • Think Local: Advocating for Change in Your Community
    • Building Strong Social Justice Partnerships Across Lines of Race, Class and Faith
    • Using the Tools of Community Organizing to Move Your Congregation into Action for Social Justice (101)
    • Sustaining and Deepening Your Congregation's Community Organizing (201)
    • Safe Haven: Our Country and Our Congregations as Places of Welcome for Immigrants
    • Women's Empowerment and Security: Workplace Fairness, Reproductive Rights, and How They’re Connected
    • Communicating Social Justice: Social Media, Press and Narrative Building
    • When the Going Gets Tough: Deepening Racial Justice Organizing in Your Congregation (201)
  • 12:45pm You Can Take It With You! Bringing Consultation Back to your Community (Lunch program)
  • 3:00pm Plenary: Act Justly, Love Mercy - A Conversation on Rights, Race and Justice (Watch LIVE)
    • Rev. Cornell William Brooks, President, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
    • Michael Waldman, Brennan Center for Justice, New York University
    • Piper Kerman, Author and Activist, Orange Is The New Black
    • Rabbi Sharon Mars, Temple Israel, Columbus, OH
  • 4:15pm Urgency of Now Call to Action
  • 4:45pm Lobby Preparation, Issue Briefings, State and House Delegation Meetings
  • 5:15pm Major Donor Reception (invitation only)
  • 6:00pm Dinner on your own
  • 6:00pm Commission on Social Action Planning and Administration Task Force Dinner
  • 6:30pm Rabbi Balfour Brickner Rabbinic Fellows Dinner (invitation only)
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
  • 6:45am  Breakfast: Grab and Go 
                  Please use this time to load or drop off your luggage at the appropriate location
  • 7:45am  Depart for Sixth & I Historic Synagogue (600 I Street NW)
  • 8:40am  Heard on the Hill: Engaging Members of Congress in the New Political Era (Watch LIVE)
  • 9:00am Plenary: Members of the 115th Congress
  • 11:15am Travel to Capitol Hill
  • 12:00pm  Lunch on the Hill with Lobby Delegations
  • 1:15pm Lobby Visit 1
  • 2:30pm Lobby Visit 2
Following Tuesday's breakfast, Consultation will move offsite to Sixth & I Historic Synagogue to hear from Members of Congress. Transportation will be provided to this location. 
All Sunday and Monday programs will be held at: 
The Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel 
2800 South Potomac Avenue 
Arlington VA 22202
(703) 413-1300 
Departure Information: If you plan to join us for Capitol meetings—please plan to leave Capitol Hill no earlier than 4:00pm EST on Tuesday, May 2, 2017. If you cannot join us, programming will conclude at 11:00pm. You can find more information about travel here.